Dover Area Landscape Project Officer

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Dover, United Kingdom

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4 days ago

Closing date: Friday 27 January 2023
Salary: £25,209 to £27,040 dependent on skills and experience
Contract type: Fixed term / Working hours: Full time
Location: Dover Area, Kent
This post is crucial to the delivery and further development of the Dover Downlands project, including recruiting and managing volunteers, ensuring the development and delivery of the programme of works, and engaging with Kent Wildlife Trust colleagues, external partners, landholders, and the local community. The principal duties are listed below. The post holder will work closely with the Area Manager for Ashford and Dover and the Wilding Ecologist with additional guidance provided by the Trust’s Farmer Cluster team. This is a post which will use a broad mixture of skills and hands-on experience. The qualities of the individual appointed to the post will influence the continuation of the project beyond this contract.

Globally and nationally wildlife is in steep decline. We appear to be reaching critical tipping points around the loss of biodiversity as well as around climate change, both being interlinked. Human society cannot prosper without wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

Kent’s wildlife needs to be restored to much higher levels. We can no longer allow common things to become rare. We can only do this by restoring large-scale natural habitat areas and processes. Doing this will contribute to solving global problems. But we won’t be able to do this unless we publicly aspire to a higher level of impact and show that we can deliver this.

The Job: We are looking for a Project Officer to deliver nature conservation work in the Dover area. You will be responsible for delivering countryside management on Kent Wildlife Trust nature reserves, local authority land, and private farmland using local contractors and volunteers to restore chalk grassland through conservation grazing and scrub management. You will also develop engagement opportunities with local farmers and landholders through workshops, surveys, and local events to support livestock grazing as a conservation management tool with which to improve biodiversity and soil health.

You: You will be experienced in countryside management in a nature reserve context and understand the principles of livestock management and conservation grazing using large herbivores. You will have experience working with farmers, landholders, and volunteers to support nature conservation action, and delivering public engagement activities. You will be effective at building positive relationships with different teams across different functions within Kent Wildlife Trust and with external partners to enable project delivery.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the leading wildlife charity for Kent and Medway, supported by its members and staffed by committed professionals. Join our team and help us create a Wilder Kent! In return we will inspire you, listen to you, value you, treat you equally and fairly, look after your health and wellbeing and encourage flexibility from day one, enabling you to draw on these benefits to be a better, happier and more productive you.

Contact details:

If you wish to discuss this post, please contact Kirsty.swinnerton@kentwildlife.org.uk to arrange a call.

For an application pack please visit our website: www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/jobs

Recruitment Pack

  • Applicant Information Form 2021 (1)_1.doc
  • Applicant Privacy Notice_1.pdf
  • Recruitment Guidance Jan 2022 (1)_0.pdf
  • JOB DESC - Dover Area Landscape Officer_1.pdf

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